Journalist Norman Oder, author of the watchdog blog Atlantic Yards Report discusses on WBAI's The Morning Show updates with the controversial mega development plan in Brooklyn which produced an arena while destroying a viable neighborhood--all while the NYS granted gain public subsidies and used eminent domain.
The $4.9 billion development includes a proposed 15-16 large towers in a mostly low-rise residential community, the Nets arena, and sits on a 22 acre footprint. It is now predominantly owned by a Russian oligarch and the Chinese government.
Oder talks about how the promised jobs and affordable housing have morphed over time, and how the housing in particular has become less and less accessible to the people who most need it. In fact, the 'affordable' housing that is predominantly planned is more expensive than what would be allowed under Mayor de Blasio Mandatory Inclusionary Housing--which is already generous to high income earners.
Furthermore, a laundry list of problems for area residents including illegal construction activity, street and sidewalk closures, noise violations, blocked bus stops and illegal parking, and poor communication by the owners have been underscored recently by a NY Daily News story detailing the assault of a female resident by drunken arena attendees. Tales of sexual harassment and volatile construction workers abound. Meanwhile, the compliance officer promised to ensure accountability has never materialized and there is a widespread sense the developer goes through the motions without actually delivering any solutions.